Monday, April 26, 2010

Police Raid Gizmodo Editor's House over Missing iPhone Prototype

Gizmodo's acquisition of an Apple iPhone 4G prototype has stirred a lot of waves in the past week, but things have taken an ugly twist after Gizmodo editor, Jason Chen's house was raided by California's REACT Computer Crimes Taskforce. The raid was carried out with the authority of a search warrant and his computers and other items were seized.
Gizmodo had earlier paid $5,000 to a guy who had found the device, took it apart and published pictures.
Under California laws, paying for found property is a crime, but the finder had tried to return the device to Apple and the desk support staff (knowing nothing about R&D) turned it down saying it was an imitation from China.

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